Cowboy Dances

A collection of Traditional Western Square Dances By Lloyd Shaw

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the lady could always go forward. Today a man must move forward, looking over his backing lady's shoulder in order to steer a course through the crowd that packs the floor. But I back up to please the old man, wondering if I can keep from knocking someone down while I do it. As I pass him again I smile proudly, but he beckons to me. "Did you tell our orchestra to play that fast?" "Yes," I confess, "I did." "Young man, a waltz is always slow and dreamy and you know that," and he winks at me with deep relish. As I back manfully away I recall that young Strauss was considered as dangerous and daring as a modern swing artist, and that he whirled his waltzers at a dizzy and exhilarating speed. Could it have been the sixties to the nineties that slowed the waltz down till it died ? And will it someday come back again as a dance for the young, the loveliest and most joyous dance that ever graced a ballroom?

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